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Senate ag subcommittee assignments announced

U.S. Senate Ag Committee leaders U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), chair, and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) Ranking Member, announced subcommittee assignments for the 114th Congress. Roberts and Stabenow serve as ex-officio members of all subcommittees.


TFI testifies before Senate Commerce Committee on rail issues

The Fertilizer Institute's (TFI) President Chris Jahn testified before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on the challenges and importance of transporting fertilizer by rail. 

The full committee hearing entitled, "Freight Rail Transportation: Enhancing Safety, Efficiency, and Commerce" looked at challenges facing our nation's freight rail network created by higher demand, pending and proposed rules and regulations, and infrastructure needs.


Commentary: Items Monsanto and Chipotle can agree upon

Sometimes, wisdom shows up in unexpected places. The other day I saw a Chipotle bag featuring part of an essay by Harvard Professor Steven Pinker. In "A Two Minute Case for Optimism," Pinker says that despite all the awful news headlines we see every day, the numbers actually tell a different story: worldwide, he points out, violence is down, infant mortality is down, more people live longer, more children attend school and so on.


House Ag Committee subcommittee appointees named

Leaders of the House Ag Committee’s subcommittees have been named by Majority Leader Rep. K. Michael Conway (R-Texas) and Ranking Member Rep. Collin C. Peterson (D-Minn.). Conway and Peterson will serve as ex-officio members of all subcommittees.


ASA challenges EPA on its RFS priorities

The farmer leaders of the American Soybean Association (ASA) voiced their exasperation, confusion and anger at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency following an announcement that the EPA will approve an application allowing Argentine biodiesel easier access to the U.S. market.


Update on EU’s GMO ruling

Campaign groups and the biotech industry are digging in for a new round of conflict, following the European Union's decision to allow member states to set their own rules on growing genetically modified organisms.


The Facebook of plant science

By building PhotosynQ – a handheld device with sensors and an online data-sharing and analysis platform – a team of Michigan State University researchers is creating the plant-science equivalent of Facebook.


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